Welcome, where Organic Photochemistry meets Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering, especially bioelectronics has an increasing impact on society as it holds the key to solve global health challenges ahead of us. My scientific objective is to contribute to this endeavour, by identifying technological shortcomings in biomedical engineering and understanding their fundamental, chemical origin.

Utilising light is a central motif in my work, reaching from its application as a tool to process materials or as an instrument to modulate biological systems. For both photochemistry is the base.

I explore new approaches for the fabrication of complex device architectures to monitor biological processes, using among others lithographic 3D printing techniques. Here is one challenge, to process highly conductive polymeric materials with light. Further, we explore techniques to modulate cellular processes in vivo using the concept of photopharmacology, especially its translation into biomedical research.

To achieve my goal, I collaborate with chemists and polymer scientists as well as physicists, electrical engineers, and biologists.

For more insights addressing professionals, please check out my current projects. For interested yet non-professionals, please find an example of my research efforts above, in a short, animated clip.

Concept of my group
Photo: Johannes Gurke


You are a chemist or chemical engineer and interested in connecting organic photochemistry with bioelectronics. Good news for you: We are offering bachelor and master theses on photopolymerisation of thiophenes at the #UniversitätPotsdam. The only things you need are enthusiasm for organic chemistry and not being afraid of a bit physics, especially the one of light and electrons! We look forward to hearing from you! mail: johannes.gurke@uni-potsdam.de



Organic Photochemistry, Photopharmacology

Lithographic Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Stereolithography

Bioelectronics and MEAs

Multi modular device and implants